OceanComm enables high-speed wireless connectivity underwater, offering orders of magnitude improvement in data rate. Legacy underwater wireless modems take about an hour to transfer a single picture, OceanComm modems can live-stream video. Today, underwater vehicles require a tethered link to a manned ship for remote control. Our modems eliminate the need for manned surface support and instead allow operators to work at a safe distance or from shore, reducing cost by over 50%.
OceanComm spun out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015, is based in Chicago, and has been boot-strapped off more than $7M in contracts to date. Think of the technology as the equivalent of Wi-Fi for undersea, but with more range. To make this possible, we use sound waves, as whales and dolphins do, rather than radio waves. The ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the cost of performing work in the ocean, and, with most of the deep sea still unexplored, expand human access on Earth's final frontier. The company is currently focused on the maritime defense and security sector with contracts from ONR, DARPA, DIU, and NAVSEA, but looks to expand to other sectors such as offshore energy and is beginning the rollout of its first commercial modem.
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